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NECC Family Child Care Network: Taking family child care professionals from surviving to thriving

The Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative’s (NECC) staffed Family Child Care Network (FCCN) offers robust business and professional development tools to help family child care educators across the state stop just surviving and start thriving.  Read More

December 15, 2020  |  Posted in General

Katie Bass joins FFN’s Policy staff

Welcome to Katie Bass, FFN's new Data and Policy Research Advisor. Prior to joining First Five Nebraska, Katie worked to improve outcomes for Nebraska children in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.  Read More

December 02, 2020  |  Posted in General

What is access to reliable, quality child care really worth to Nebraska?

FFN hosted a webinar with Nobel Laureate James Heckman and researchers from the Nebrasks Bureau of Business Research on the impact of child care to our state. Studies tell us quality early care and learning can yield as much as a 13% return on investment, and at the same time, our state could lose nearly $1.4 billion annually in direct and indirect losses if we fail to strengthen Nebraska's earlly childhood infrastructure.    Read More

November 16, 2020  |  Posted in General

First Five Nebraska, DED highlight early childhood efforts to market Nebraska

We recently partnered with the Nebraska Department of Economic Development in reaching out to prospective Nebraska residents, business owners and working parents about how early childhood education contributes to 'the good life'. Read More

October 29, 2020  |  Posted in General

State Chamber Forums: Snapshot of Nebraska’s economy

The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry is hosting its annual Fall Forums, looking at how Nebraska is faring with the pandemic and ongoing recovery efforts.  Read More

October 21, 2020  |  Posted in General

NECC’s Toolkit program helps child care providers acquire state licensure

The Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative’s Licensing Toolkit program helps unlicensed and new child care providers on their journey to state licensure through hands-on support, resources and materials to meet licensing requirements and membership in a professional network for family child care busineses owners.  

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September 24, 2020  |  Posted in General

Early childhood programs’ success, community vitality focus of conference

Nearly 700 civic, business and education leaders, from 99 Nebraska communities, 20 states and Washington, D.C., came together for the third annual “Thriving Children, Families, and Communities” conference Monday to focus on quality early childhood programs—which became even more critical with the pandemic—and their connection to community economic development and vitality.

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September 17, 2020  |  Posted in General

FFN’s Policy Leadership Academy plans to recruit next class in spring 2021

First Five Nebraska, in partnership with Communities for Kids, launched the Nebraska Early Childhood Policy Leadership Academy in 2019 to engage policymakers on early childhood policy at the state level and in their communities. Read More

September 10, 2020  |  Posted in General

Elevate20: A virtual business summit for child care providers is now live!

Elevate20 is a business conference designed specifically to meet the needs of Nebraska family child care homes and child care centers in the areas of technology, human resources, marketing, leadership and finances. The conference is online and on-demand this year and is live through September 12. 

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September 02, 2020  |  Posted in General

Statewide campaign highlights relationship between quality child care and economic development

First Five Nebraska launched My Nebraska Story this week, a statewide campaign inviting business leaders, economic developers and others to become involved in strengthening the availability of quality child care in their communities. 

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July 23, 2020  |  Posted in General
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